• June 2009 - Volume 11, Number 11

    Features

    Work now to keep deer on your land and off your neighbors’.

    In the poem penned by Brewster Higley in 1873 that later became the State Song of Kansas, Home on the Range lyrics included the most noted line: “Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam and the deer and the antelope play.”

    Use these jug-fishing techniques, and you’ll be inviting your neighbors over for a monstrous fish fry.

    Catfish can be found on every continent in the world, with the exception of Antarctica. The catfish is probably one of the most popular fish in the nation, yet it is not even a game fish in Mississippi.

    This is the time of year when speckled trout simply go crazy in the Biloxi Marsh.

    Every time our live shrimp and plastic jigs hit the water, we’d feel a thump on the line, the rods would pretzel, the drags would squeal and big speckled trout would come to the boat.

    This is the month to break out the ultralight outfits, and have a ball catching North Mississippi’s spunky bream.

    Define frustration: One cricket escapes the cardboard container and hops all over the deck and cockpit of the boat while a grown man on his hands and knees makes a complete fool of himself trying to catch the little fugitive.

    There are a whole lot of bass crammed into tiny Lake Tom Bailey.

    Easing through fog so thick you could almost cut it with a knife, FLW angler Ken Murphy quickly formulated a plan to utilize the sudden change of weather conditions to his benefit. The seasoned pro quickly broke out his trusty watermelon-colored Fluke, and began pitching to cover along the shoreline of Lake Tom Bailey.

    Using an immensely effective tactic that has been compared to a “crappie combine,” pro angler Kent Driscoll harvests trophies this time of year.

    With the hot summer sun overhead and the 93-degree heat, professional crappie angler and guide Kent Driscoll pretty well had Sardis Lake all to himself.

    Fish these tiny lakes, and you’ll be shocked at the size of the bluegills on your stringer.

    The state of Mississippi owns three of the best bream lakes in the country — Tippah County Lake, Lake Claude Bennett and Lake Ross Barnett.

    Drag crankbaits this summer, and you'll be quite pleased with the slabs you welcome onto your boats.